tv British Prime Ministers Questions CSPAN May 5, 2016 9:49am-10:32am EDT
>> british prime minister answered questions on the uk's relationship with russia and the upcoming referendum to leave the european union in his weekly appearance before parliament. this is about 40 minutes. >> questions to the prime minister in which to join me in congratulating on winning. 5,000 to 1 they've showed superb
ability. and mr. speaker this morning i had meetings with others and in addition to my -- i shall have further such meetings later today. >> modern day. >> thank mr. speaker. may i start by comments with leicester city. on monday, there is a need for a new initiative in the dialogue to keep it alive. will the prime minister withdraw his air strikes, which have done nothing to bring about peace and redouble his efforts in securing political resolution to war through a new dialogue as recommended by his own foreign secretary? >> prime minister. >> i think we should do both things, which is to continue to hit daesh terrorists because they threaten our country, but at the same time do everything we can to support dialogue between the opposition and the syrian regime, which is what the process has been about. we'll continue to take both those steps. >> mccartney.
>> thank you, speaker. tomorrow, 33 conservative candidates are standing in the city elections. labor will lose some seats. we in lincoln are all aware the need for tolerance and the stemming out of racism and anti-semitism, especially considering my predecessor's current role on the board of deputies. would my right honorable friend join me and my colleagues on this side of the house in condemning the actions of hezbollah and hamas? >> certainly i wish my honorable friends' candidates well. if you want to have well-run services at a good cost and keep taxes down, it's right to vote conservative right across the country. but the point he makes about hamas is important. we should be clear about who they are. they are a terrorist group who believe in killing jews. that's why whatever the right honorable gentleman says about combatting anti-semitism in the
labor party will mean nothing until he withdraws the remark that they were his friends. he needs to do it and should do it today. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i join the prime minister in congratulating leicester city on their amazing achievement. i hope it's not an indication he's going to support another football team, or is he going to stick with the two he's got already. later today, mr. speaker, commemorations begin for holocaust memorial day in israel. i hope there is agreement right across all parts of this house in sending our best wishes to those commemorating the occasion and sending a very clear statement that anti-semitism has no place in our society whatsoever, and we all have a
duty to oppose it. tomorrow, mr. speaker, people will go to the polls in council elections in england. nine of the ten most deprived councils are set to see cuts higher than the national average with eight facing cuts more than three times the national average. meaning, less money for youth services, for adult social care, and for those in areas of the greatest need. the prime minister used to say we're all in it together. what happened to that? >> first of all, let me join the gentleman in saying, yes, of course, we should always support holocaust memorial day, whether it is here in the united kingd m kingdom, where we have a number of commemorations, or in israel. but i'm going to press him on this, because he did say this. he said, it will be my pleasure and my honor to host an event in parliament where our friends from hezbollah will be speaking. i've also invited friends from hamas to come and speak as well. now, hamas and hezbollah believe
in killing jews, not just in israel but around the world. so would he take this opportunity -- because if he wants to clear up the problem of anti-semitism in the labor party, now is a good time to start. withdraw that they're your friends. >> mr. speaker, i've made it very clear labor is an anti-racist party and there's no place for anti-semitism within it. we've suspended any members that have undertaken any anti-semitism activities or statements and established an inquiry. the points he was making earlier relate to a discussion i was hosting in order to try to promote a peace process, and it was not an approval of those organizations. i absolutely do not approve of
those organizations. mr. speaker, the reality is that vulnerable people are being abandoned in this country. the prime minister has said that social care and support for the elderly is a priority for him. so if that's the case, why has he cut 4.5 billion since 2010 from the adult social care budget, leaving 300,000 older people without care and support they need to live in dignity. >> first of all, we're putting more money into social care, and we're allowing councils to raise the council tax to put that money in. i'm afraid he's going to have to do this one more time. he referred to hamas and hezbollah as his friends. now, he needs to withdraw that remark. let me give him another chance. are they your friends or are they not? because those organizations in their constitutions believe in persecuting and killing jews.
they are anti-semitic organizations. they're racist organizations. he must stand up and say they are not his friends. >> mr. speaker, obviously anyone that commits racist acts or is anti-semitic is not a friend of mine. it's very clear about that. very clear about that. i would also invite him to think for a moment about the conduct of his party and his candidate in london mayoral elections. the way in which they're systemically smearing my friend, whose our candidate for mayor, i wish him well and i invite the prime minister to undertake to ensure that the conservative party in london desists from the activities it's undertaking at the present time in smearing my friend. last week, mr. speaker, the
destitution report found that 1.25 million people in britain were unable to afford the essentials needed to eat, stay warm, clean, and dry. the number of people using food banks has risen again last year. the prime minister usually lectures us about a stronger economy. when will that stronger economy mean that fewer people need to use food banks? >> what the stronger economy means is there are over 2 million more people in work than when i became prime minister. you can earn 11,000 pounds before you pay tax as i'm prime minister, and we've now introduced a national living wage, something never done in 13 years of a labor government. i completely reject what he says about labor's candidate for the london mayoralty. i said before at this dispatch box, we're not responsible for everything someone says when they share a platform with us. we can't control everyone who appears in a picture, but there is a pattern of behavior with
the honorable member of duty. let me tell you, he shared a platform with the man who trained the ring leader of the 7/7 attacks and accused the united states of bringing 9/11 on themselves. he shared a platform with an extremist who called for jews to be drowned in the ocean. when this was put to the honorable member, this is what he said. he described it as mere flowery language. now, if he wants to know why he has a problem with anti-semitism, it's because his candidates share platform after platform after platform with extremists and antisemimites and excuse their words. one more time, say you withdraw the remark about hamas and hezbollah being your friends. >> mr. speaker, last week the prime minister tried, as he often does, to smear my friend,
by his association with garny. it turns out mr. garny is actually an active conservative supporter, who has shared platforms with the honorable member for richmond. he also should reflect on the words said some years ago that racism was endemic within his party. we have set up a commission of inquiry. i suggest he might think about doing the same thing. the former government housing chief has said the housing bill effectively removes the security that people need. it is fundamentally wrong. homelessness up by a third since he became prime minister and rising again this year. a voter wrote to me this week and said he and his family will lose their home if the government's housing bill goes through. why can't the prime minister follow the example set by the
welsh labor government in placing a -- in placing a legal duty, a legal responsibility on councils to help people during a housing crisis. why can't he do that? >> i'll tell you what this government has done, not in wales, but here in england we built twice as much council housing in the last six years as labor did in the previous 13. but i'm not going to let this issue rest about the honorable member. he raised the case of garny, who he shared a platform with nine times. this is a man who says it's wrong to stop people to go -- look, as long as it takes. do you want to know the views of the person that your leader has just quoted? he described women as -- right.
he described women as subservient to men. he said homosexuality was an unnatural act. he stood on a platform with people who wanted an islamic state. that is why his attempts to deal with anti-semitism are utterly condemned to failure. because he won't even condemn people who sit on platforms with people like that. >> mr. speaker, i did point out the prime minister, i was actually trying to help him, that the gentleman concerned is actually a conservative. so maybe he would care to think about that. he might also consider that a former conservative parliamentary candidate said this of the campaign. i'll be voting labor, a lifelong tor
voter and ex-candidate, i'm ashamed of the repulsive campaign of hate. so mr. speaker, in fact, homelessness has been reduced by 67% in wales since the new regulations came in. why can't he do the same in this country? inequality, of course, is getting worse. education ought to be a route out of poverty, but new figures show that the number of people participating on a level two adult education course in the first half of this year fell by a fifth compared to last year. how can we tackle inequality when the prime minister's government are taking away the opportunities for people to find a pathway out of poverty. >> he talks about inequality. inequality's gone down under this government. there are 764,000 fewer workers households. there are 449,000 fewer children working in workers households. why? because we've got a growing economy, a living wage, more jobs, people paying less taxes.
that is what's happening under this government. but once again, i say to him, we are investing in the schools to give people opportunity. we're investing schemes to allow people to own homes to give them opportunities. he opposes all those things because the truth is this. he may be a friend of the terrorist group hamas, but he's an enemy of aspiration. >> mr. speaker, politics is about choices. the prime minister can't -- >> order, order, order. let me very gently say to the assiduous but slightly oversl enthusiastic government that his role is to be seen and not heard. no further noise from the honorable gentleman today or his
side kick to his right. be quiet or leave. very simple. jeremy corbin. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister's government has cut income tax for the richest, cut capital gains tax, cut corporation tax again and again. at every turn, they make the wrong choices. tomorrow people can make their own choices. about the crisis of social care, the housing crisis in this country, the unprecedented cuts to local councils in areas of greatest needs. the cuts to further education, taking opportunities away from young people. the choices have been made. they cut taxes for the rich. we want to ensure that there is proper taxation to ensure there are decent services for the rest. >> prime minister --
>> he's right. tomorrow is about choices. you can choose a party that's on the side of security for hard working people that wants to make sure there are more jobs, better pay, there's lower taxes, there's good schools for your children, there's a seven-day nhs there for you when you need it. or the other choice. you can back a party that puts extremists over working people. and that is utterly incapable of providing the leadership your local council needs or our country needs. >> thank you, mr. speaker. does my right honorable friend agree with me that in order to create a northern powerhouse that can produce innovation and prosperity, investment is needed in vital transport links in our northern cities of particular concern to my constituents is the junction of the a-34 and the a-560. will the prime minister and his ministers meet with me to discuss how we can keep traffic moving into and out of the great
city of manchester and alleviate congestion in my constituency? >> my honorable friend is absolutely right to raise this. that's why we established transport for the north to look exactly at schemes like the one she proposes so we can speak with one voice. it's also our investing 13 billion in transport across the north over this parliament, planning for the next great investment strategy after 2020 is also now under way. so it's absolutely the right time to make the point that she does. >> robertson. >> mr. speaker, last week the prime minister took issue when i raised the issue of unaccompanied syrian refugee children in europe and the transports of the 1930s. since then, he's been written to by the chairman of the kinder transport association of jewi refugees. he wrote, the echoes of the past haunt my of my fellow kinder and i whose fate similarly rested
with the british parliament. i feel it's incumbent on us to once again demonstrate our compassion and human kindness to provide sanctuary to those in need. why has it taken so long and the threat of a parliamentary defeat of a prime minister to begin changing his mind? >> well, first of all, let me pay tribute to the gentleman that the honorable member raises. also, let's be clear that no country has done more than britain to help when it comes to syrian refugees. no country has raised more money and only the united states has spent more money, but i do want us to proceed with as much support across the house as we can. i think it's right to stick to the principle that we shouldn't be encouraging people to make this dangerous journey. i think it's right to stick to the idea we keep investing in the refugee camps and in the neighboring countries. i also think it's right not to take part in the eu relocation and resettlement schemes, which have been in my view a failure. now, we're already taking child
migrants in europe with a direct family connection to the u.k. and we'll speed that up. we're also talking to see what we can do more particularly with children who came here before the eu/turkey deal was signed. as i say again, what i don't want us to do is to take steps that will encourage people to make this dangerous journey. otherwise, our actions, however well meaning they will be, could result in more people dying rather than more people getting a good life. >> last week i accused the prime minister of walking by on the other side when he stoutly defended his then policy opposing further help for unaccompanied refugee children in europe. so if what we are hearing now is indeed the beginnings of a u-turn, i very much welcome it as i'm sure members on all sides of the house do. i encourage him to think more about what can be done, given of course that the kinder transport helped 10,000 children from
europe. so will i ask the prime minister finally to take the opportunity to thank lord dubs and all campaigners who have worked so hard for the u.k. to live up the example and the spirit of the kinder transport. >> i certainly think that all those people deserve recognition for the work they've done to put this issue so squarely on the agenda. let my say again, i do reject the comparison with the kinder transport. and for this reason. i would argue that what we are doing primarily, which is taking children from the region, taking vulnerable people from the camps, going to the neighboring countries and taking people into our country, housing them, clothing them, feeding them, making sure they can have a good life here. that, to me, is like the kinder transport. to say that the kinder transport is taking today children from france or germany or italy, safe countries that are democracies, i think that is an insult to those countries.
but as i've said, because of the steps we're taking, it won't be necessary to send the dubs amendment back to the other place. the amendment doesn't mention a number of people. we're going to go around the local authorities and see what more we can do, but let's stick to the principle that we should not be taking new arrivals to europe. >> nigel evans. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the department of health are looking to introduce a self-read dna test for pregnant women in order to reduce the number of miscarriages, but this will have the unintended consequence of increasing the number of abortions for those with downs syndrome. i know there's nobody in this house who cares more about those with special needs for protection and for the safety of those with special needs, so will the prime minister meet with me and representatives of the downs syndrome support group so we can protect those with
downs syndrome and they will not be simply screened out. >> i think my honorable friend raises a very important issue. actually, a local group of downs syndrome parents came to my constituency on friday and made all these arguments to me. as a constituency, i'm taking this up with the department of health to make sure that all the right processes are followed. there are moral and ethical issues that need to be considered in these cases. but on the other hand, we also have to respect the view that women want to have screening and testing about the health of their children, and we should be in favor of maximum transparency on the basis that it is optional rather than mandatory. but it is part of routine care. so the health secretary is going to have to find a way through this, but above all, we make sure we go about it in the right way. >> alex cunningham. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. u.k. manufacture components employees hundreds of people, including many from my own
constituency. i'm sure the prime minister knows of the need for us all to get behind our manufacturing industry, but does he agree with the managing director mike matthews who says it would be business south side for the u.k. to leave the eu? >> i think we should listen to all the business voices, particularly those in manufacturing, so many of whom say we're better off in a reformed european union. we get an enormous amount of investment, particularly from japanese motor industries. i'll be welcoming the japanese prime minister here to the u.k. tomorrow, where i'm sure this will be on the agenda. >> closed question, dr. julian lewis. >> number 12, mr. speaker. >> prime minister. >> nato is the cornerstone of britain's defense, but our place in the eu is a vital part of protecting our national security. i would argue it helps in two ways. first, by ensuring that issues are settled by dialogue and second, helping to provide assistance in particular circumstances. for example, the balkans. >> dr. julian lewis. >> entirely agree with the prime minister's remarks about nato,
but does he accept that whilst dictatorships often attack democracies or other dictatorships, democracies seldom, if ever, go to war with each other. if a name of the eu is as we're constantly told to prevent conflict between its own members. as in world war i and ii, is it not heading in presiesly the wrong direction by trying to elect a super national government of europe which is accountable to nobody. >> my honorable friend has very long-standing and passionate views on this issue. i would make a couple points in response. first of all, i don't think we should forget that some of the countries now in the european union, until very recently, weren't democracies but were indeed forms of dictatorship. the second point i'll make is those countries that i've worked towards membership of the eu have had to put in place all sorts of democratic and other
norms to help them on their way. the final point i'd make is that we have had an unparallel period of peace and prosperity in europe. my argument would be whether you want to attribute all of that to nato or some of that to the eu, why would you want to put it at risk? >> thank you, mr. speaker. the findings of the nhs england report into the southern closure of the health hospital in york. relationships between authorities and all the nhs bodies as defined on the health and social care act 2012 are dysfunctional and have failed patient safety. health report shows harm occurred since life has been lost. will the prime minister now accept that his health act has to change due to the serious risk created and in line with nhs england's recommendations? >> i'll look very carefully at what she said, but my understanding is she called for action on an outdated and
dangerous facility back in july last year. that is exactly what happened. i'm pleased that action was taken. it wasn't fit for purpose. the cqc identified serious and life-threatening issues on patient safety. they weren't put right. so as a result, there was a decision to close and then subsequently reopen the facility after changes. so of course you're going to have incidents of poor practice. what matters is do we intervene fast enough and put them right. in this case, i'll look again at what she said, but it does look as if action was taken. >> sir edward lee. >> the christian yazidi and shia children in syria are suffering from genocide by daesh, and we should recognize it as such. may i urge the prime minister to indeed do more to replicate the kinder transport of the 1930s. that is what we are doing in taking children directly from
the camps in syria. if we were to take 16-year-olds from a safe environment in europe, we would simply be causing more misery and encouraging the people traffickers. >> two questions there. one is whether there's more we can do to label what has happened as genocide. this has always been something that is done under a legal definition, but i believe very much that it is clearly heading -- there's a very strong case for saying it is genocide, and i hope that it will be portrayed and spoken as such. on the issue of the kinder transport, i would agree with him. we've got an enormous amount we can be proud of, the money we've put into the camps, the fact we raised more in london on one day than any humanitarian conference has ever raised in the history of the world, and we've got a very strong record. we are going to do more for children who are already registered in europe before the
eu/turkey deal. but the principle we should try to cling to is we shouldn't do anything that encouraging people to make the perilous journey. that's been the cornerstone of our policy and should remain the case. >> thank you have much, mr. speaker. very the benefit of the house and for 10 and 11-year-olds up and down the country, will the prime minister explain what the past progressive tense is? will he differentiate between a subordinating conjunctive and coordinating con subjective and will he set out his definition of a modal verb? >> i have to say to the honorable lady, the whole point of these changes is to make sure our children are better educated than we are. and that's why i'm delighted with three children at state schools going off to do these tests. i'm absolutely delighted they're going to be. >> thank you, mr. speaker. three years ago -- >> order. i want to hear mr. viker's
inqui inquiry. >> thank you, mr. speaker. three years ago, five members of the cobin family from county durham were killed in a tragic accident on the a-18 in my constituency. the recently concluded inquest, the coroner said he had no confidence in the work -- the proposed work by the highway authority to remedy the situation. the council obviously wants to do all they can and are committed to carry out the work in full. however, resources are very limited. could my right honorable friend give serious consideration to an application from the council for additional resources to avoid a future tragedy? >> well, i will certainly have a very close look at the issue he raises. i know the a-18 and the importance of that road for his constituency. i will look at what the highway's agency has made available and whether there is real evidence that more could be done to make it safe. >> patrick grady. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it was described as the north korea of africa. the meeting heard reports of
government enforced indefinite conscripti conscription. will the prime minister personally and urgently review home office guidance which says it is safe to transport asylum seekers back. >> i'll certainly look at what he says. we know that it's a deeply undemocratic and autocratic country that has done appalling things to its people. that's one of the reasons why so many of those seeking to cross the mediterranean, normally through the libyan route, have come from that country. when i had the opportunity to meet the leadership as i did at the conference in malta, i made those points strongly. >> four years ago, i asked my right honorable friend on behalf of my mother maude if the eu referendum vote could be brought forward because of her age. she was near 100. she now wishes to know if she needs to set a world record of
longevity before the report is published. >> i think i can reassure maude that this summer she'll have, i think, a double opportunity to deal with these things. a referendum on june 23rd, and i'm sure the report will come not too much longer after that. >> i rather imagine she'll then want to back debate on the matter. >> thank you, mr. speaker. steel has ind kad the it wishes to complete the sale of its u.k. assets by the middle of june and wants a preferred bidder in place by the end of this month. does the prime minister really think that's a realistic time frame, that there will be a credible process of due diligence? and what steps is the prime minister taking to ensure that tata steel delivers on its promise to be a responsible seller? >> the honorable gentleman is absolutely right about this.
the positive news is that the deadline yesterday was met by a number of serious inquiries of interest into buying all of tata. that's good news. obviously now we need to work intense live with tata, with those buyers, to get the list down to those who are seriously intending to bid for the business. but he's right. it's a very short timetable. what we're doing is talking intensively with tata to make sure they do everything they can to make sure this is a serious sales process. >> prime minister just made a very important announcement with regard to refugee children. obviously time is of the essence because of the peculiar vulnerability of children without the guidance and protection of their families. so could the prime minister give an indication to the house how quickly he expects to have those arrangements in place. >> well, i'm very grateful to my right honorable friend who's spoken powerfully and passionately about this issue.
i don't see any reason there needs to be a long delay. we need to harry out discussions with councils. many are under pressure because of the number of child refugees who have come. we need to carry out those conversations and hopefully we can make progress during this year. >> documents leaked this week appear to confirm what most have feared, that the transatlantic trade and investment partnership makes unacceptable concessions to public health and safety regulations, opening the doors for u.s. investors to sue for loss of profits. will the prime ministe recognize concerns by the french president and tell us how he's seeking protections. >> this is the reddest of red herrings, i have to say. the health service is completely protected under this agreement, as it is under other agreements. look, there are all sorts of reasons people might be against free trade and wanting to see an
expansion of trade and investment and jobs. i think people should be honest about it and say they don't want to see these things happen rather than actually finding total red herrings for getting in the way of what could add tens of billions of pounds to our economy and bring jobs and investment to our country. >> calm yourself, mr. campbell. you're supposed to be a senior statesman in the house. calm down. take up yoga, i've told you before. sheryl murray. >> my constituency celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. will my right honorable friend join me in congratulating and thanking all of those lifeboat men who keep us safe at sea. >> i'm very happy to do that in conjunction with my honorable friend. incredibly brave people, having met some of them, particularly during the flood episodes that we've had in recent years. i know the immense professionism
and dedication they bring to the tact, and they put their lives at risk all the time to save others. they really are the bravest of the brave. >> graham allen. >> number 13, mr. speaker. >> what matters is what works and allows the government to make long-term decisions in the long-term interests of the country. in my view, five year fixed term parliaments are an important part of that. >> graham allen. >> the prime minister ensewer that this government's performance also includes the long overdue creation of a center evidence on sexual abuse of children, something i first raised with margaret thatcher in 1989. we can deal with the awful consequences of child sex abuse on victims and perpetrators, but we must also use early intervention expertise to stop it from happening in the first place. will the prime minister back the excellent work of ministers and members from all parties and get this much-needed what works center up and running without
delay within the five-year term of this government. >> i'm glad the honorable gentleman rescued his own question with those last words. we're grateful to him, constitutionally at least. prime minister? >> i'm sorry it's taken a question in 1989 to take so long to get an answer. i can tell him that setting up a center of expertise on sexual abuse is exactly what the home office is doing. he'll play a significant role in sharing high-quality evidence in what works to deal with sexual abuse and exploitation. the existing center would ensure that social workers a i cross the country are able to learn from the best examples. i think it's a good example of government reform, which i know he supports. >> john barron. >> the prime minister, and we on these benches, can be very proud of the fact that in recent years we have reduced both relative poverty and income inequality. we are a one-nation party or we are nothing. so does he agree with lord rows,
the leader of the remain campaign, that if we were to leave the eu and exercise greater control over immigration for the sake of public services, then wages would rise even faster. >> prime minister. >> i think what would happen if we were to leave the eu is we would see an impact on our economy that would be largely negative. that's not just my view. that's the view now of the bank of england, the imf, the oecd, and a growing number of international bodies. i would say to anybody who wants to make this choice, obviously it's a choice for the british people, a choice to make. but i think we have to be clear about the economic consequences. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in 1972, age just 19, nine months marry pd and six months pregnant with their first child, my constituent susan lee received a knock on the door to say that her husband, private james lee, had been killed in action in northern ireland. yet, when susan, now rimer, married and found love again, she lost all compensation for her and her daughter and still has no compensation for having
made that huge sacrifice. that is a disgraceful way to treat those who have lost loved ones serving our country. will the prime minister meet with me and mrs. rimer to be discuss this case and the injustice that still faces several hundred more widows in this country. >> i'll make sure that susan rimer gets the meeting and the attention that she deserves. i know my right honorable friend the minister for defense personnel very veterans met with the war personnel earlier this year to put forward their case. it was this government that made the historic change so war widows who remarried from april the 1st, 2015, would retain their war widows pension. that was a change long asked for and only delivered under this government. we'll continue to look at this issue, but at the moment, we are of the view of the long-standing policy of successive governments that we shouldn't make these changes and apply them retrospectively. >> thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday the foreign affairs select committee started our inquiry on anglo-russian
relations. i have a debate on anglo-russian relations. despite all the tensions that exist between our two countries, will the prime minister give us an assurance he'll redouble his efforts to try to lower tensions with his fellow opponent member of the u.n. security council. >> of course we want to keep tensions low and of course we want to have good relations, but we cannot ignore the fact that russian-backed and directed separatists have effectively tried to redraw the boundaries of europe. when we consider how dangerous exercises like that have been in the past, we have to take antth extremely seriously in the present. >> can i thank the prime minister for joining leicester mps and the rest of the planet in congratulating leicester city football club on their brilliant and historic success in the premier league. during this amazing season, the
local leicester hero, gary lynner can, thought the idea of leicester winning was so far fetched, he said if they did win, he would present match of the day in his underwear. as an aston villa supporter and my commiserations to the prime minister on their season, does he agree that in politics as well as in football when you make a promise, you should keep it. >> i absolutely agree. i've been watching everything gary has said since he's not quite answering question, something no one ever gets away with in this house. i welcome what he said. obviously i hope it's just the start of him joining the blue team. >> order.